Psychopsis papilio, Butterfly Orchid

Psychopsis papilio

Butterfly Orchid
Family: Orchidaceae
Origin: South America
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterEpiphyte plantYellow, orange flowersUnusual color

Psychopsis papilio is a small shrub of up to 2-5 ft in height and originates in the tropical forests of South America. It prefers semi-shade and grows best in well-drained soil. It's an epiphyte, so it needs regular water and air circulation. Its unusual color and tones make it an eye-catching addition to any garden. Its yellow and orange flowers have bright red spots and long, antenna-like sepals and petals. It grows best in USDA Zones 9 through 11.

Growing Psychopsis papilio in colder regions can be a challenge. It needs a protected location and sheltered from extreme winter temperatures. It should be kept in a pot and should be moved indoors during cold winter months. During the cooler months, it should be kept in a cool, bright spot and watered sparingly. Avoid overwatering, as it can cause rotting of the roots. It should also be fertilized once a month during its growing season. Pruning should also be done in early spring to encourage a more bushy growth.

By following the proper plant care techniques, Psychopsis papilio can thrive and be the showstopper of any garden. With its unique color and captivating blooms, it will definitely make a lasting impression.

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